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Vote Of Confidence Can’t Save PDP Chairman Ayu – Wike

A strongman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Nyesom Wike on Saturday said no amount of vote of confidence can save embattled National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu from vacating his seat.

Recall that On Thursday, the PDP national executive committee (NEC) passed a vote of confidence in Ayu and the NWC, despite calls for the resignation of the party chairman.

But Wike reminded Ayu with whom he had been in loggerheads, that the same vote of confidence by the party’s National Executive Committee failed to save Ayu’s predecessor, Uche Secondus in April, 2019.

“I was listening, watching, they said there is one man they call Secondus. They said he was dancing, celebrating that NEC gave their person vote of confidence.

“He (Secondus) forgets history that the same NEC through Aliyu Babangida who moved a motion for vote of confidence supported by the same person – Ndudi Elumelu. They gave him vote of confidence, what happened? He left office,” Wike, the governor of Rivers State said in Port Harcourt when he received hundreds of defectors from the All Progressives Congress to the PDP in the state.

Wike and Secondus are reportedly kinsmen but the Rivers governor had demanded his resignation as PDP chairman. Secondus was eventually sacked in August 2021 by a court order.

It still remains unclear why Wike pushed for his resignation. Though many said it was not unconnected with Wike’s presidential ambition – as both men are from the South.

Mocking Secondus on Saturday, Wike challenged him to come back to Rivers to mobilise support for the PDP ahead of the 2023 elections.

The Rivers governor stressed that there was no going back on his call for Ayu to step down as PDP chairman and make way for for a southerner, since, according to him, the party’s presidential flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar is from the North like Ayu.

He said, “We don’t fight and go back. If you like, you can have as many votes of confidence, it is not my business; my business is to make sure the right thing is done and the right thing must be done whether today or tomorrow.

“So, let nobody worry himself. If you are dancing, come home and dance, come and mobilise for the party you think that will election. I am here waiting for him. No more 419 in this game. Enough is enough.

“We are only waiting for INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) for them to blow the whistle. When they blow the whistle, we will know those who are in charge of Rivers State and those who are mere visitors to the state.”

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